GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Wednesday marked the start of the school year for full-day kindergarten for District 51 students.
This school year will be the first time that all D-51 kindergarten students will have access to full-day kindergarten. In previous school years, only at-risk students were offered all-day kindergarten.
"So this was just a response to something that I think families and teachers have been asking for for a really long time," said Kelly Shay, Curriculum & Learning Design Specialist.
Teachers at Orchard Avenue Elementary say this will give them more time to focus on each subject.
"It's for us to be able to use the curriculum the way it was designed. So reading, writing and phonics workshop take 45 to 60 minutes a day, to do them justice. We were not being able to do that," said Jamie Romans
District 51 says that some of the funds from the 2017 Bond Measure and Mill Levy helped give resources to kindergarten classrooms across the district.